AT&T To Be Exclusive Launch Partner For Sony’s S2 Tablet

Posted on Jul 13 2011 - 10:57am by Kyle

Although AT&T had a captive press audience last night in New York City where our very own Cameron Wright was in attendance, they waited until today to launch this little tidbit of news…

AT&T has teamed up with Sony Electronics to be the exclusive US Mobile Broadband provider for the “Sony Tablet” S2.  AT&T notes that “S2″ is just a code name for now, the device will have a different name at launch.  The “Sony Tablet” S2 features a unique clamshell dual screen form factor, Android 3.x Honeycomb and it will be the first PlayStation certified tablet.

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The Sony S2 will operate on AT&T’s 4G (HSPA+) network. There has been no mention on whether it will also work on AT&T’s forthcoming 4G/LTE network. Of course like all AT&T “Smart” devices, the Sony S2 will also have access to over 20,000 AT&T wifi hotspots across the country.

Of course no pricing has been announced. It will be interesting to see what AT&T does as far as Sony S2 pricing. They have a couple of options.  Option A they could put it into their normal tiered data pricing.  Of course that option makes the most logical sense but with the pushback Verizon is getting now on it’s data pricing when it pertains to tablets and chromebooks, AT&T may do something different.  Alternatively, AT&T has a pretty large business in connected devices like Nooks, perhaps the S2 could see some kind of unlimited plan available just to it.

Whatever they decide to do for pricing, AT&T will have Sony’s first Android Honeycomb tablet as an exclusive for launch.

“We’re pleased to be working with AT&T on yet another unique mobile device,” said Mike Lucas, senior vice president of Networked Technology and Services Division at Sony Electronics. “AT&T provides the speed and coverage that are integral to the different features and functions of our tablet. We value our relationship as they share our commitment to growing the ‘Sony Tablet’ and the tablet market overall.”

Sony and AT&T also announced that they will carry the Sony Xperia Play by the end of the year.  We aren’t sure why the wait, after all the GSM version of Sony’s Flagship PlayStation Certified phone was available before the CDMA/Verizon version.

Source: AT&T

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